By Hope, CharlesIllustrated by Racklyeft, Jess
Pig had never been a winner. He was last to finish tests. He was last picked for games. He was even the last to have his birthday. It seemed his destiny was to always finish last. When the school race came around, nobody gave Pig any chance of winning. But Pig remained optimistic.... Perhaps this would be his year... 2019 is the Year of the Pig (February 5, to be exact), making this book a perfect gift for any piglets born in this year. It is a heartwarming story about never giving up hope, looking out for others and remaining true to oneself, and features a loveable central character that is sure to strike a chord with both children and parents alike. The Year of the Pig deftly combines a moving fiction tale with non-fiction information relating to the Chinese Zodiac, is beautifully illustrated in watercolour and digital art and has a gentle style that will encourage repeat readings.Read more
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Charles is a children's picture book author. He has written a number of titles for Wild Dog Books across a range of series. These include Our Past, Extreme Weather, Going Supernova, Then and Now, Australian Animals, Continents of the World and CloseUp. He has also written numerous one-off titles such as Hunters & Hunted, Fantastic Facts, Gross Facts, The Book of the Sun and the Stars, The Big Book of Antarctica, The Big Book of the Bicycle, Community, Culture, Say What?! The History of Communication, The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Pig. Jess Racklyeft is a children's book illustrator, card designer and watercolour aficionado working from a studio out the back of her house in Melbourne. With two little kids she's often busy working with them on art projects and reading many hundreds of picture books, as well as chasing them around the house trying to get them to pose for her next book characters.
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